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Howard University has announced that one of its students probably had the illness, bringing the local total to 22 probable and confirmed cases reported in the District, Maryland and Virginia. No local deaths or hospitalizations have been reported.

Howard said its case involved a student who traveled abroad in April. The student has recovered but has been isolated until test results are in.

The university said in an email this morning that it is sanitizing the affected dorm and common areas. Students living in close proximity have been informed of the preliminary diagnosis and have been given information about symptoms, prevention and treatment.

The campus is open and all activities, including finals and commencement exercises will proceed on schedule.

The student newspaper, The Hilltop, reports that Howard is asking students who recently visited Mexico to get flu tests.

Meanwhile, two students at George Washington University who were thought to have the flu were described as "no longer contagious" by the university. They got better after being treated with antiviral medication.

Rockville High School, still closed because of the flu outbreak, said its Tuesday Advanced Placement tests would be held in the nearby Mark Twain School, while Howard University said one of its students probably caught the illness.

Students taking the Rockville High AP Spanish Language or AP Computer Science exam should report to Mark Twain at 7:30 a.m., the school said. Students taking the AP statistics exam should report at 11:30 a.m. Mark Twain School is located at 14501 Avery Road, Rockville.

Monday's AP exams at Mark Twain were going smoothly, the school said.

By Michael E. Ruane  |  May 4, 2009; 9:20 AM ET
Categories:  Schools  
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